Doubted QBs, RBs and WRs for 2016?

smitty fantasy football advice

Every single fantasy football season, a handful of big-name players drop dud/injury-filled seasons in our laps. While most of the time it is tough to predict these kinds of seasons, sometimes there are signs of risk, signs that outweigh the appeal/upside. But, what about after a player busts (even if busting due to injury)? When should you trust a player again, if ever? That next year?

The truth is, there is no real consistent formula for deciding what fantasy football players deserve second chances, but I can list some of last year’s biggest 2015 fantasy football busts, and together, maybe we can figure what players have the best shot of rebounding to elite-type fantasy football levels.

The following players are listed in order of biggest ceiling value from their currently-diminished value.

Josh Gordon

Jordan Matthews

Andrew Luck

DeMarco Murray

Jamaal Charles

Aaron Rodgers

Eddie Lacy

More Players

There are clearly a few other names worth mentioning here, but these are some of the top-doubted players heading into 2016, and most all are worth acquiring if the price is right, and it should be right in most leagues.


  1. Smitty on January 18, 2016 at 3:40 am


  2. Swampies on January 18, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Nice list but Rodgers is not one of them for me! I would add Graham, Foster anyone going to the 49er’s to that list.

    • Smitty on January 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Nice calls, Swamps. Foster will be an interesting player next year.

  3. Jeremy Riddell on January 18, 2016 at 8:00 am

    i’m big on Gordon – scared on Charles with the RB’s KC has. they all played well enough to bring them playoff seeding

    • Smitty on January 18, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      I hear ya, but again, no need to draft him high (Charles). If he falls, he falls, and the risk is so low.. if his value climbs back, then pass. I mean, passing all together I get, too, sometimes you just want to avoid a player no matter what, i hear ya, buddy.

    • Sean Reiss on January 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      I wouldn’t touch Gordon unless he was free.Shocked if he ever gets a chance to touch the field again. Great talent, but rocks fir brains…

      • Smitty on January 28, 2016 at 12:19 am

        Well, he was almost free ūüôā in many cases, now his value is climbing so fast you wont be able to call him a sleeper at all. Keep up the commenting, Sean!

  4. Noah Blum on January 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

    What are some examples of Wr and Rb you,would trade strait up,for gordon?

    • Smitty on January 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Lacy? Lat Murray? Guys like that come to mind. Late first rounders, or of course, 2nd and 3rd rounders if you can make that happen. His value is climbing fast, it’s act now or never IMO, but at good value. That isn’t to say go overpay. He is so underrated, even if his value has climbed a lot since I talked about this back in October… but that will change soon.

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